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4224 Tasting Notes

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drank English Breakfast by Tea of Life
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I love the pop-art tins of this particular collection from Tea of Life. The picture here doesn’t show the pop-art tins, you can see this tin in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/17/english-breakfast-tea-tea-life/ (yeah, the photo isn’t the greatest.)

A really nice breakfast blend. Rich, hearty … robust. It’s edgy without addition, so if you like a tea that’s got a bit of an edge, serve it straight up. It does take the addition of milk and honey (or turbinado sugar!) well if you like a morning latte.

Full-flavored, notes of malt, sweet, earthy, and with hints of leather.

I’m not always crazy about bagged tea but this one’s pretty darned good.

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I ended up liking this one a lot more than I thought I would. I was pretty sure I’d like it, I like strawberry, I like cranberry and I’m becoming more and more fond of Young Hyson teas (although my first experience with a Young Hyson was not a good one and for a long while there, when I would see a “young hyson” I sort of cowered.)

But this is pretty darned good. The flavors are not competing with one another, they work together very harmoniously. Sweet and tart work nicely together – not too sweet, the tart cuts through some of it, and it’s not so tart that I pucker. I like that balance.

The green tea is pleasant – a vibrant, invigorating green tea base. Brothy smooth texture.

Overall, a good tea.

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
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I like the level of vanilla flavoring to this one – it’s not hitting me over the head with vanilla flavor but, then again, that might not be the right approach for vanilla. I like this soft, silky vanilla flavor, and I like the richness of the black tea.

A pleasant afternoon tea.

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A very summer-y kind of tea. A tea that I’d imagine drinking in the summer to cool off and refresh! It reminds me of summertime in California, when strawberries are in season.

You can read about that here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/15/white-guava-tea-from-the-persimmon-tree/

Sweet and fruity with a true-to-fruit sort of flavor. Subtle white peony notes, sweet, slightly earthy. A nicely balanced tea.

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A gorgeous LiShan! Of course, I expect no less from Teavivre. They rock when it comes to awesome Oolong teas. (Or any tea for that matter. I haven’t had any real memorable bad experiences from Teavivre … I can only recall pleasant memories!)

Floral but not sharp. More like a sweet orchid with maybe hints of honeysuckle in the distance. As I continue to sip, I notice the floral notes becoming more complex.

Thinned creaminess – that is to say that it’s creamy but it isn’t a thick, heavy creamy taste and texture. Soft and silky!

I almost taste a cake-like flavor to this … imagine if you would an orchid infused cream cake. Sound good? Try this tea!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/14/nonpareil-taiwan-li-shan-oolong-tea-teavivre/

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A black and green blend … I wish I realized that before I brewed it! I really gotta start making a habit of reading a description of a tea before I brew it so that I formulate a brewing plan. I don’t like to read the descriptions ahead of time though because I prefer to base my opinion of a tea on my own palate, not what I’m told to taste by the company that sells the tea.

Even brewing this green and black blend with boiling water … it turned out pretty good. Sweet and maple-y, nice blackberry notes, and the Assam is malty and rich. The green tea is a little difficult to place and I suspect it might be easier to taste it if the tea was brewed at a lower temperature.

There is some bitterness to the cup which may be because of the Assam or it could be because the green tea scalded a bit.

The maple is prominent though and I do enjoy that.

K S

I try not to read descriptions or reviews either but do like it when suggested steeping parameters are clearly listed.

LiberTEAS

I rarely follow suggested steeping parameters. I think maybe it would just be good to know right up front what types of teas are in a blend for me … although this particular note was for a tea that someone sent to me.

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drank Keemun Peony by Grey's Teas
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A name that was confusing for me because Keemun means black tea to me, and Peony means white tea to me … so was this a black or a white? It’s a black tea!

A very rich and satisfying Keemun. Wisps of smoke, not overpowering or off-putting even to me and I tend to be kind of sensitive to the smokiness of a tea (although I’m finding that I’m less sensitive to it than I once was.) The smoke here is more like what you might experience if you were to have a fire roasted plum. And yes, there is plum-y notes to this too.

Reminiscent of a well-aged wine, but with a delectable honeyed sweetness.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/13/keemun-peony-china-black-tea-greys-teas/

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drank Ginger Twist by Mighty Leaf Tea
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A really nice tea to keep on hand when I’m feeling under the weather. I’m glad that it’s a tisane WITHOUT hibiscus. It does have ginseng, and i’m not big into ginseng, but I’d rather have ginseng than hibiscus.

Tasty. I like the tropical notes to this. The ginger is warm and peppery. Not a bad tisane.

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drank Butterscotch Banana by 52teas
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Of the teas that were released for November, this was the one tea I was really looking forward to. There were some cranberry teas in November … and I like cranberry OK, but, I really like Frank’s banana blends. I wonder how banana and cranberry would taste together. Or how about a cranberry pecan blend? Save it for thanksgiving time though, Frank… K?

Anyway … This blend is yummy. A bit more butterscotch flavor than banana, and that was a little disappointing only because I found myself sort of “searching” for the banana flavor a bit. As I said before, I’m a fan of Frank’s banana blends.

But, the butterscotch here is really tasty. Sweet, creamy and indulgent, and it softens the black tea just a tad, giving it a sort of caramel-y, creamy softness. Nice.

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Yummy!

This is awesome. Chocolate-y and decadent and just seriously yum.

A delicious dark chocolate flavor (want milk chocolate, just add a splash of milk!) The mint doesn’t overpower this blend and I like that. It’s a cool, crisp minty flavor that complements the chocolate.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/11/mint-cacao-herbal-tea-from-herbal-infusions/

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
http://sororiteasisters.com

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
http://www.teareviewblog.com

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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